Sustainable Leadership

Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World
- A book by Clarke Murphy



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Improve your organization’s sustainability legacy while growing your bottom line.

Sustainable Leadership: Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World is an incisive and complete blueprint for infusing sustainability across business strategy, all while growing the bottom line and increasing the long-term viability of your organization—and the world in which it thrives.

Drawing on real-life examples of progressive CEOs who are already delivering sustainability outcomes alongside financial success, veteran leadership expert Clarke Murphy walks you through the skills, behaviors, and competencies you’ll need to create value for your organization’s stakeholders. You’ll also learn to identify these crucial sustainable leadership skills in future executives to cement your sustainability legacy well into the future.





  Clarke Murphy

Clarke Murphy is a leadership expert with an unshakeable belief that business executives have the power to change our world for the better. At Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke advises the world’s top companies on leadership strategies that fuel profitable growth and value for all stakeholders. He has fascinating insights into how business leaders around the world are embracing the sustainability agenda and using their position to solve the greatest social and economic challenges of our time.

Clarke’s passion for sustainability began with a near-death experience while crossing the Atlantic. When his boat almost hit a huge container that had dropped from a cargo ship, he realized how important it was for companies to think about planet and people, not just profits. This moment of truth propelled Clarke to seek every opportunity to change the rhetoric about what it means to be a successful leader today.


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Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World

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By asking the questions others don’t think to ask, Clarke has discovered exactly the kind of mindset, skillset, vision and drive it takes to lead a corporation into a sustainable future.

Adena T. Friedman
President & CEO of Nasdaq, Inc.



Based on in-depth research, Clarke offers a ground-breaking, inspiring and practical picture of what it takes to be a leader who does their part to build a better future.

Hubert Joly
Former Best Buy Chairman and CEO, Author The Heart of Business, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School




Clarke Murphy sits down with sustainable leaders around the world to hear their successes, missteps, and lessons learned. This is just a snapshot of the stories you’ll hear.

Kasper Rorsted, Adidas

Julie Sweet, Accenture

Lynn Good, Duke Energy

Svein Tore Holsether, Yara International

João Paulo Gonçalves Ferreira, Natura & Co Latin America

Farzanah Chowdhury, Green Delta Insurance

Ilham Kadri, Solvay

Hywel Ball, EY

Kate Brandt, Google

Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group

Mads Nipper, Ørsted

Zhang Yue, Broad Group

Dolf van der Brink, Heineken NV

Henrik Henriksson, H2 Green Steel

Peter Vanacker, LyondellBasell

Søren Skou, AP Moller-Maersk

Lise Kingo, formerly United Nations Global Compact

Sophia Mendelsohn, Cognizant

Valerio Battista, Prysmian

Aurélia Nguyen, COVAX

Marc Benioff, Salesforce

Walter Schalka, Suzano SA

Gaurdie Baniste Jr., RRA

George Walker, Neuberger Berman

Eli Halliwell, Hairstory

Humberto de Andrade Soares, a Lavadeira




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“Clarke shares a powerful lesson on why sustainable leadership is so important to corporations—and the world. This is an essential guide for any executive looking to kickstart their impact today and the next generation of leaders looking to accelerate sustainability action tomorrow.”

MS. Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO, United Nations Global Compact



"Clarke draws on established firms and startups, rising star CSOs and visionary CEOs to offer a simple but powerful set of competencies that will become a new “core curriculum” for sustainable leaders across the world. An invaluable read for people across the career journey who aspire to make meaningful change."

Jason Jay, Senior Lecturer and Director, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative



"The characteristics of a successful sustainable leader exist within most executives; Clarke's book is an invitation to seek them out. He spotlights leaders from across industries who are daring enough to harness those innate skills in the face of significant challenge and provides a toolkit for those looking to shape the next generation of purpose-driven business."

Jim Coulter, Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of TPG, Co-Managing Partner of TPG's The Rise Fund





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